In the words of Ms. Jekaylyn Carr, “It’s my winning season!”
“I won something” is how my Instagram post read…
You see those tag someone contest all the time. I know a girl who won a whole vacation by doing this, so I often think “why not?” while expecting nothing in return…I really gotta work on that faith bit! I saw a company I recently started following, a local, female and Black-owned lip wear brand doing a giveaway. All I had to do was tag as many friends as I could, follow the page- already done, and like the post. Easy-peasy! on November 27th I woke up to a picture of the post below with one of my combo pics for reference! “I won something”, how many times has this happened to me?…uh never! I was über excited.
Not even a week later I hear the doorbell ring, the delivery people have taken to alerting us by double-ringing the bell lately and I was so glad for it. When I went to pick up whatever package had arrived I received not only 1 lipstick package, but 3! Now, just to be clear, I only won the one set of two lipsticks from Bourgie Cosmetique but a couple other orders I sent away for came in on the same day and I got them on sale, so win, win, win, Temeka!
As I opened them up I saw my two lippies from Bourgie Cosmetique, one from Juvia’s Place, and one from Secrets by Danika Battieste. It might as well have been candy and me the kid in the store. See below for my lip wear experience from these four beauties, all different but all capable of adding to or changing my smile.
-The first colour I got from Bourgie Cosmetique is called Manifest and it could have easily been featured in the Nude post a little while ago since it is a chalky-peachy matte satin lipstick. The texture is smooth and glides on easily. On a regular day, I would definitely use this for a light to dark ombre effect on my lips. Here I am wearing it only-Nude.
- The second colour I received from my winnings- thank you Bourgie Cosmetique is called Walk the Walk and it is my favourite of the two. It is a cool purple gray lipstick in matte with a satin feel, so no drying here. It is the perfect Temeka-colour and it pops without taking away from anything else your face may be wearing. I can see this becoming a staple especially in the winter months.
- Juvia’s Place got me with their packaging and I just new this lipstick would not disappoint. Now I spoke briefly about this in the Nude post, but I’ve recently discovered that I love wearing this easy to wear, glide-on lipstick with just a hint of FU$$Y by Fenty Beauty. This combination seems to compliment any makeup choices I make for the day and it keeps me moisturized while being all there, no slips, no slides. Stay tuned for more of this one, because it’s close at hand.
- The last one I opened that beautiful day in November was recommended to me by many of my instagram followers. Thank you! This brand, Secrets by Danika Battieste was all over my timeline day after day, so I just had to try it. I chose the colour Velvet touch, because I have a thing for nsmes. Certsinly this one would be velvetty and I’m already a sucker for matte bold lips, and this one gave me bold even with this soft peachy-pink that I chose. It goes on full and leaves it just dry enough to welcome a gloss or to know it’s staying power is sure.
I didn’t just win because of the contest, even though I participated and enjoyed receiving lipsticks. (Please feel free to send me new lip-wear anyway). I won because I desired to see opportunities to win. Isn’t this the reason why we’re even wearing lipstick anyway, especially while being mostly home in a pandemic?! (Jesus, please end COVID-19 🙄). I wear lipstick because I’ve learned to celebrate my lips, and lipstick is easier than changing your pyjama bottoms for another zoom call. But whether you choose to put on pants, a skirt and or lipstick, do it because there are small victories in your day to be celebrated. Do it because any day could be your winning season too. Do it because there is still breath blowing through your lips. I’m choosing in this season of life, as we near the end of a year we didn’t see coming to win and win well. Here’s to lipwear in any form every day! Wear your lip-wear graciously and confidently, love. #WearItlikeYouMeanIt and mean it when you do!
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